Sweetbay, Food 4 Kids and Pack-A-Snack team up to fight hunger in Tampa Bay

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Pack-A-Sack, a United Methodist Cooperative Ministries and The Junior League of Tampa's Food 4 Kids program partnered up with Sweetbay to provide meals to children in after school programs.

 


 


Tampa, Florida - Nearly 250,000 children are lacking food in Tampa Bay, many of them going hungry on the weekends. Local organizations are teaming up to lower that number.

It's food for a brighter future. Kids at Sulpher Springs Elementary have food to take home thanks to Sweetbay Supports Snack Sacks for Kids.

"We know on the weekends, children aren't getting the food they need to last them to Monday morning when they come right back to the school and learn," says Nicole LeBeau with Sweetbay Supermarket.

Pack-A-Sack, a United Methodist Cooperative Ministries initiative in Pinellas County and The Junior League of Tampa's Food 4 Kids program, partnered up with Sweetbay to provide meals to children in after school programs.

"They're all coming from Title 1 district schools and they are a very high risk of being food insecure," says Stephanie Wiendl with the Junior League of Tampa.

Last year, Food 4 Kids provided food for 200 families. With help from Sweetbay this year, it will feed 300 people. For Betty and Tatum Watson, it means a lot.

"It means that there's extra food on my table that I might not have otherwise."

You can help fight childhood hunger at Sweetbay stores.

"We have a $1.00 snack tag that customers can purchase and we have a $3.00 snack sack tag that people can purchase," says LeBeau.

And every dollar that's donated means one less child like Tatum, has an empty stomach.

"It helps me a lot because since it's the beginning of the year at school, I'm going through a lot of tests and we have to do a lot of reading and writing."

The Sweetbay Supports Snack Sacks for Kids campaign runs through September 30.

For participating stores, click here:

http://www.sweetbaysupermarket.com/content.jsp?pageName=OffersPromosSnackSacks&leftNavArea=ShopLeftNav

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